Chitra Jayanty
Chief Executive Officer
Chitra has eighteen years experience in education and health promotion in India. She is one of four people who, starting in 2002 as Vice President, built the Naandi Foundation from a new organization into one which implements health and education projects in around ten thousand communities across India. She joined Effective Intervention as chief executive officer in 2007 and is based in our offices in Guinea-Bissau.

Gangadhar Jayanty
Advisor to Chief Executive Officer
Gangadhar is a graduate in Electronics & Communication Technology from a premier Engineering Institute of India and has over sixteen years of experience in the corporate world.  He turned to the NGO sector in 2004 and headed a NGO addressing the issue of short sightedness in India.  Subsequently he headed the Administration & Finance of an Eye Care Institute in India, which was once again a not-for-profit organization.

Rashmi Lakshminarayana
Trial Coordinator and Senior Research Manager (India)

Rashmi is a medical doctor specialising in psychiatry. She has completed her MSc Public Health in Developing Countries from the LSHTM and a PG certificate in Online and Distance Education from the Open University. Since leaving clinical psychiatry she has worked in community-based mental health programmes in various states in India with agencies such as American Red Cross, Oxfam and Action Aid. After her MSc she worked with an International Perinatal Health unit at the Institute of Child Health, London. Here, she helped integrate a maternal mental health component to a cluster randomized controlled trial on reducing neonatal mortality in Jharkhand, India. Apart from public health, she is an ardent believer in e-learning. She is currently managing the CHAMPION /STRIPES trials in India.

Alex Eble
India Research and Project Manager

Alex completed an MSc at the London School of Economics in Development Studies, and a B.A. at Indiana University, Bloomington with majors in Economics and East Asian Languages and Cultures and a minor in mathematics. He helped design and implement a village-level economic development intervention in Yunnan Province, China and worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Beijing on the 2005 China Human Development Report. He speaks Spanish and fluent Mandarin.

Ila Fazzio
Field Research Manager  

Ila completed a Ph.D in biological anthropology at Cambridge University in 2006 where she studied the parental strategies of two nomadic African pastoral societies in Chad. She worked 13 months in Chad, where she conducted interviews and lived with pastoral communities. She has also participated in projects examining the health and nutrition of children in isolated communities in Brazil. 

Rebecca King
Community Research Manager

Rebecca King is a Community Research Manager working on the Guinea Bissau programme. Her primary responsibility is to develop and implement a Health Promotion package that complements the clinical intervention.

Rebecca has combined interests in Social Anthropology as well as in International Development and regional expertise on South Asia and West Africa. She completed a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2004. Her thesis investigated the relationships between national, religious and ethnic identities and education in Nepal where she worked for two years. Following the completion of her PhD, Rebecca worked for six months in Bhutan with the World Food Programme on their school feeding programme and for a further one year in Liberia as a social anthropologist with Concern Worldwide. Her work in Liberia involved researching the social and cultural contexts of livelihoods and health interventions with a view to developing appropriate and effective programme.

Polly Walker
Clinical Research Manager 

Polly completed a D.Phil in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford in 2006 on the pathogenesis and spread of HIV-1 subtypes in southern Africa. She has spent three years working at the NICD in Johannesburg, South Africa and has been involved in extensive research, training, teaching and volunteer work in relation to HIV/AIDS in Africa and the U.K.


Database Manager

Mark Fisher
Database Manager

Mark Fisher has been working in Information Technology since the early 1980's and specialises in MS-Access.

Born in London in 1958, he was raised in many different areas, including Lusaka, Zambia. Completing his secondary education in High Wycombe he moved to Southampton and eventually back to North London where he now lives.


Sally Nicholls

Sally Nicholls works as an administrator at the London office in the Centre for Economic Performance. She is usually in work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10.30am to 2pm and can be contacted regarding invoices, flights and other queries. Sally is also a children’s author. Her first novel Ways To Live Forever, about an eleven-year-old with terminal leukaemia, is published by Scholastic.